Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Big Fat Greek Weddings.

Congratulations to "Colleen", the winner in Barbara's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

One of my favorite movies of all time is "My Big Fat Greek Wedding". Did you love it? If you haven’t seen it you need to!

I loved the fun and the big, noisy family and the wonderful romance that unfolded. Mostly, I loved it because I had a big fat Greek wedding of my own and so much of it was gorgeously, beautifully, hysterically accurate. My parents were the quietly spoken Church of England ones who brought the bunt cake, and my husband's family were the ones serving the ‘vegetarian lamb’ and dancing till dawn.

I met my New Zealand Greek boyfriend, now husband, when I was eighteen, and mumble, mumble years later I’ve lived and worked in Greece, been married in a traditional ceremony, learned to speak the language and had four children christened in the Greek Orthodox church.

Here I am at my own big, fat Greek wedding.
It was undoubtedly this deep love of the culture that invited a Greek American family from upstate New York to take over my life and my writer’s mind for the past year and demand their stories be told.

The Bouquet List is the first in my “Weddings in Westchester” series about the Katsalos family who own a wedding hall business, and they encompass everything I love about the Greek culture, weddings and falling in love.

Here’s the blurb for book one: The Bouquet List which came out this week!

He's #5 on her Bouquet List. Tall, dark...and completely forbidden.

After a too-close call with death, Yasmin Katsalos is checking some things off her Bouquet List—things to do after you thought you were going to die. Fun fashion choices? Check. Purple hair and a cute diamond nose stud? Check, check. Now she's on to item #5: a flirty fling with a man who's tall, dark, rich...and totally out of her league.

And restaurateur Lane Griffiths definitely fits the bill.

Lane isn't just out of Yasmin's league. He's also her brother's best friend and therefore off-limits. Now that they're working together on renovations for her family's wedding hall, however, Yasmin has plenty of opportunities to bewitch, bother, and boldly seduce. He's reserved. She's relaxed. The only thing they share is a spark of attraction that's too strong to resist. But is Lane just another item on her bouquet list... or has Yasmin found something on her list that will last?

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The Bouquet List is available from all great e book stores here!

I have an e copy of any of my back list books: Contract for Marriage, Dishing up Desire or Last Chance Proposal to give to a commenter. Tell us something you love about the Greek culture, or a wedding in another culture you’ve been to.

Barbara DeLeo’s first book, co-written with her best friend, was a story about beauty queens in space. She was eleven, and the sole, handwritten copy was lost years ago, much to everyone’s relief. It’s some small miracle that she kept the faith and is now living her dream of writing sparkling contemporary romance with unforgettable characters. 
After completing degrees in psychology and English, then traveling the world, Barbara married her winemaker hero and had two sets of twins. 

She still loves telling stories about finding love in all the wrong places, with not a beauty queen or spaceship in sight 

Barbara is the author of Contract for Marriage, Dishing up Desire, Last Chance Proposal and The Bouquet List

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  1. I have good friends who happen to have Greek lineage. Not only are they two of the nicest people I know, but they also have opened a restaurant where I frequented and now a bakery (where I visit them to buy their restaurant dressing for my Caesar salads, rather than for bakery items that my body can't handle).
    Maureen has my email address on file, thanks.

    1. Oh Laney you're so lucky! A Greek bakery with all those pastries is my dream at the moment. We have nothing like that in my small town. My mother-in-law makes a pretty mean baklava though! :-)

  2. The only wedding I have gone to was my sister's and that was in front of a judge... I have seen some on TV that have been amazing... whether themed weddings or culture filled weddings... it is something to see how they bring them to life... the colors they choose, the traditions they share, but most of all the happiness they share with friends and family that is touching.

    1. I agree, Colleen. There's so much to love about a wedding no matter where it's held. I can't get enough of table decorations and cake designs. I kinda wish I could have my wedding all over again it was so much fun.

  3. the food

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